MECA’s MFA program offers an interdisciplinary approach that encourages students to think across traditional academic boundaries and challenge their art practices and intellectual curiosity.

The curriculum emphasizes the intersection of studio production, individual research, and critical analysis. This structure promotes the development of a sustainable practice. Among the first low-residency MFA programs in the country, MECA has two tracks to choose from:

Full Residency
MECA’s full-residency MFA gives you the option of moving to the Arts District in Portland, Maine, with 24/7 access to 200,000 square feet of state-of-the-art facilities and a vibrant creative community.

  • On-site studios available yearround
  • Teaching Assistant opportunities
  • Core Faculty Committee
  • Summer & Winter Intensives
  • Limited Acceptance

Low Residency
MECA’s low-residency MFA combines intense periods of on-campus instruction with the freedom and independence of working from any home location, anywhere in the world.

  • Online & in-person coursework from your home studio
  • Carefully selected Non-Resident Studio Advisor for each student
  • Participation in Summer, Winter & May Intensives
  • Structure promotes flexibility & independence
  • Limited acceptance

Financial Aid & Scholarships
MECA offers several types of financial aid to help offset the cost of tuition. Aid is in the form of merit grants and federal loans, teaching assistantships, scholarships, and work-study opportunities. One hundred percent of MFA students receive at least one type of grant aid. For more information, please contact

  • 24/7 studio access
  • Full and Low residency options
  • Strong team of core and visiting faculty
  • International travel
  • Trimester structure, 2-year program

Application Deadlines
Priority Deadline: February 6
Rolling Admissions: After February 6
Summer Housing Application: May 1

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